April 9, 2010

Morton’s The Steakhouse: Dinner for 2 Under $40!

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A few weeks ago I was craving steak. Not just any steak. Fancy, steakhouse steak. But, as you probably know, those places tend to a bit of a budget buster for your average night out. Morton’s The Steakhouse to the rescue! Really, you say? Absolutely! Would you believe that I had dinner at Morton’s for under $40. And I was full and took home leftover? Seriously!

Every Monday through Friday from 5:00 – 6:30pm and 9:00-11:00pm you can take advantage of Power Hour in The Bar. This is an excellent opportunity to have a nice meal at Mortons for a budget friendly price.

What’s on the menu you ask? Is there anything worthwhile? Yes! There are many tasty ‘Bites‘ and you’ll want to have them all!!

Each of the following are $5, when you order at the bar during Power Hour.

Mini Prime Cheeseburger Trio – Morton’s USDA Prime beef, topped with cheddar cheese, tomato slices, iceberg lettuce and onion, and served on silver dollar rolls

Four Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches – Morton’s signature filet mignon sandwiches with mustard mayonnaise sauce, served on seeded ciabatta dinner rolls

Chicken Goujonettes – Crispy fried chicken strips served with mustard mayonnaise

Jumbo Lump Crab, Spinach & Artichoke Dip – served with toasted bread croutons

Blue Cheese French Fries

Iceberg Wedge Bites – a smaller version of the full salad served in the dining room

Three Mini Crab Cakes

Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell – $1.50 per piece

Colossal Shrimp – $2.50 per piece

There are also drink special for beer ($4), wine and cosmos ($7). I did not order any alcoholic drinks because I was there with my best BabyGirl.

We ordered Tomato-Basil soup (not pictured, because BabyGirl started in on it before I could get the camera out), Mini Cheeseburgers, Filet Mignon Sandwiches, Blue Cheese Fries and the Iceberg Wedge Bites. It was all washed down with a very tasty lemonade ($3).

I realize this is probably not a place you’d take your 7-year old. But, BabyGirl and I were having a little celebration. And she’s a great dining companion because she enjoys good food and is always up for something new.

BabyGirl loves soup! She will eat soup every day all year ’round if she could. So, when the server mentioned soup BabyGirl was all over it. It was a Tomato-Basil soup that looked creamy but was not cream-based. It came in a very large bowl, similar to what is served in the dining room. It was smooth and creamy and the perfect temperature to begin eating without worry of burning your lips off. This is always my biggest concern with BabyGirl having soup at a restaurant. The soup tasted like fresh tomatoes and the basil was fragrant but not overpowering. I was able to convince her to let me have a few spoonsful, but she was not really wanting to share. Her words to describe the soup: “Absolutely delicious!”

[Pretend there is a photo of the Tomato-Basil soup here]

I started with the Iceberg Wedge Bites. This is a substantial salad. Wedges of iceberg lettuce (I know, not all that nutritious), chopped tomatoes, bacon bits, and blue cheese dressing and blue cheese crumbles. It was a bit much with the crumbles, according to BabyGirl. This is basically a smaller version of the salad they serve in the dining room. It was crispy and full of flavor. I picked off the bacon bits because I didn’t want to eat them but I wanted you to see how the salad was served. I think it is a big enough salad to share and still feel full if you’re having one of the other Bites.

BabyGirl wanted the Mini Cheeseburgers. They were the perfect size for her, although 3 was too much. She ate one – and she took off the lettuce and tomato. These alone would be a filling meal. The roll was crispy on the outside and soft inside. They toast the buns, like a nice restaurant should. And the burger …. just as you would expect from Morton’s. Juicy, tasty, lean and melt in your mouth. We ordered the burgers medium and that’s exactly how they came out.

I chose the Filet Mignon Sandwiches. The bread is grilled, and although I’m not supposed to eat wheat (without getting too personal, let’s just say it doesn’t like me), I took one for the team and had a complete sandwich. The filet mignon steak is tender and juicy, again, just as you would expect from a steak at Morton’s. Each steak has a 1oz piece on it. It sounds tiny but I assure you that it is sufficient. Combined, you have 4oz of steak which is a good portion size.

We also ordered the Blue Cheese Fries. BabyGirl did not want the blue cheese on hers, so we ordered it 1/2 and 1/2, which you’ll see in the picture. For fries, they were pretty basic. The blue cheese was just too much, especially since we had the salad and that had blue cheese dressing and crumbles. Really, though, who doesn’t love hot and fresh fries.

All said, we had a very substantial meal and still took home fries, 2 mini cheeseburgers and 1 filet mignon sandwich. With our 2 lemonades (they put BabyGirl’s in a to go cup for us), soup, salad, mini cheeseburgers, filet mignon sandwiches, fries and a 15% tip, we were out the door for $36. [Don’t get on me about the tip. Normally, I tip a minimum of 20%, but our server was slow and not attentive at all. So I went with the 15%] Maybe not ultra budget, but for a nice meal with quality ingredients I’d say this is a great frugal dining experience. We also had enough for lunch the following day.

If you’re looking for a nice place, that is quiet and can be frugal for a ‘dinner and a movie’ date night or meet-up with friends I’d definitely recommend Morton’s The Steakhouse Power Hour. Find a location near you!

Disclosure: I paid for this meal. This is my opinion. I was not provided anything free in exchange for my review or opinion.

Sara

{ 2 comments }

Bri April 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Hi Sara ~ it’s 10:48pm and I’m hungry just looking at these pictures. I’m now craving steak! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like your RAOK challenge. Perhaps it isn’t too late for me to participate 🙂 Have an awesome weekend!

Sara April 9, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Bri,

Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you are considering joining the RAOK Challenge. It’s never too late!

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